I hope you’ll forgive me as I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus with this little gem of a blog. The holidays, combined with building a new house, and resurrecting my opera career (yes, I’m a classical/opera singer) has left me less than motivated to keep the NIRV up and operating.

Also, in speaking with occasional NIRV contributor and Aiepathy for Technology blogger Wolfman, I’ve thought that perhaps my focus has been too broad. Covering all of entertainment is a daunting task for one guy, especially when I’m not particularly interested in ALL aspects of entertainment. Nor are you, I should think.

So, the idea here will be to focus. Dwindle the topics down to those I am truly interested, in the hopes of attracting readers and commenters of similar stripe. Simply put, entertainment geeks.

So, I’m gonna attempt to be your one-stop blog for the following subject areas and topics:

Movies: Sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero films
TV: “Lost”, “Battlestar Galactica”, and “Heroes”
Games: XBOX 360 news and reviews
Books: Sci-fi/fantasy genre

Along the way, I hope to add to this list (depending upon your interests), as well as occasionally talk about my personal life down here in sunny Houston.

I welcome and cherish each and every hit and comment I get here at E-NIRV. I think it has the potential to be a little something special, a filled niche for the genre lover in all of you.

Thanks for listening!

— RebRob, Editor-in-Chief


It’s over! The long-standing feud between New Line Cinemas and Peter Jackson has been resolved.

Today it was announced that Jackson would be producing two films about our favorite Middle Earth.

The first is believed to be “The Hobbit”, the second a bridge between “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”.

Just a couple of thoughts.

First off, I’m thrilled that Jackson will be involved. The look and feel of Middle Earth would be trusted in no one else’s hands but his. It would be great if he could direct as well, but perhaps letting someone else play in his sandbox (Sam Raimi, maybe?) wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.

Second, I love the idea of two films. However, there’s plenty of material in “The Hobbit” to make two films.

There are three great climaxes within the story. First, the escape of the Dwarves from the Goblin King. Leading up to the confrontation with Smaug (what a perfect cliffhanger!). Then you have the final act and the Battle of the Five Armies, complete with armies of dwarves, Men, goblins, Elves, and Eagles. What a finish! And all culminating a study in what greed and evil can do to the hearts of good and bad. It’s a great prequel to the events of LOTR, and something that could really be captured nicely in two films. I hope they go this direction.


John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel Network, claims that Global warming is nothing more than a “scam”, created by scientists who manipulated data to serve their own political ends.

Coleman’s comments, posted on ICECAP, the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project, blames “dastardly scientists” who teamed up with their “friends in government” to enact huge bills and laws to draw money to their cause, while teaming up with movie and media environmentalists to create a huge scare campaign.

He says:

In time, a decade or two, the outrageous scam will be obvious. As the temperature rises, polar ice cap melting, coastal flooding and super storm pattern all fail to occur as predicted everyone will come to realize we have been duped. The sky is not falling. And, natural cycles and drifts in climate are as much if not more responsible for any climate changes underway. I strongly believe that the next twenty years are equally as likely to see a cooling trend as they are to see a warming trend.

You can read Coleman’s entire post by clicking here.

Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of the popular TV hit “Heroes” told Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s Jeff Jensen that he realizes this season’s episodes have not been up to the standards they set in Season 1. He vows that upcoming episodes will remedy that.

However, he goes on further to explain what exactly has been wrong:

1. Slow pacing
2. The “world saving stakes should’ve been raised sooner”
3. Hiro was in Japan way too long.
4. The romantic story threads of Claire and Hiro have not been entertaining.

I give Kring full credit for stating openly that he feels his episodes have not been stellar. I’d like to think he can turn it around. However, the current writer’s strike has put production on hold. Worried that the strike might be prolonged, a new ending for the Dec. 6 episode has been shot, and could potentially serve as a season finale.

You can read the full EW article by clicking here.

In a stunning move, fake conservative pundit/silly man Stephen Colbert announced in a statement today that he is bowing out of the presidential race, after the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council voted down his attempt to get on the ballot by a vote of 13-3.

“Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history—only 10 votes—I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle,” Colbert said Monday in a statement. “It is time for this nation to heal.”

I wish he had been able to get into the race. He had gotten a lot of criticism for making a mockery of the election process.

I, on the other hand, think that makes him a great candidate. To quote “V for Vendetta” on this, November the 5th, only make fun of the things that really matter.

Barry Bonds said yesterday that if his record breaking home run ball goes into Cooperstown with an asterisk branded into it, he will not attend ceremonies to induct him into the Hall (should he be elected).

BRAVO, Barry! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now I won’t need to hear you pat your own pimpled, steroid filled back for 2 hours.

It’s not too often you’ll see me throwing props to former President Clinton, but here it is.

I was astounded to read last week that nearly 20% of Americans believe that the attacks on 9/11 were orchestrated as an inside job. Perpetrated to embroil this country in a fake war on terror.

20%. I’m looking around my office area at about 50 people, and it sickens me to think that 10 of those people think the US government allowed nearly 3,000 of its citizens to be wiped out.

That belief is mostly held by the far left wing, so it isn’t really news if a Republican or conservative dismisses them. But when the country’s most famous Democrat does, it’s worth noting.

Bill Clinton Takes On 9/11 Conspiracy Protesters

Now, even though I’m a self-proclaimed conservative, you won’t see much bashing of Bill Clinton on this website. He wasn’t the best president, to be sure. His personal choices with regards to morality are among the dumbest around. However, he’s an extremely intelligent individual who realized that in order to get elected, he needed to ride the middle of the road and win the moderate vote. Consequently, his presidency was neither all the Democrats could dream of nor all the Republicans could dread. It was….meh. He enacted a lot of laws that were actually Republican ideas (to his credit) while trying to keep his fellow Democrats happy.

I said all that to say thanks to Bill Clinton for getting it right on this issue.

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